OLD PINE | a textured cowl


OLD PINE is a cozy, textured cowl, perfect for pairing two beautiful skeins of hand dyed yarn. The combination of simple stockinette, purl ridges and yarn overs create a stunning, rippled effect. Twisted rib brings the top in for a closer fit while the rippled stitch pattern drapes warmly and comfortably. With endless colour pairings Old Pine is a versatile wardrobe staple for Spring, Autumn and Winter.

If you love Old Pine be sure to check out Riverbank.

One size 
To fit an adult

Finished Measurements 
76cm / 30” around x 38cm / 15” tall

2 skeins of Sweet Fiber Merino Twist DK (238m / 260y per 115g skein) 
1 skein for MC, shown in Spirit
1 skein for CC, shown in Woodsmoke

3.5mm / US #4 24” circular needle
4.0mm / US #6 24” circular needle
or sizes needed to obtain gauge

22 sts and 28 rows over 10cm/4” in stockinette stitch. Swatches should be made in the round, using larger needles, and blocked.

darning needle
stitch marker

This pattern is both written and charted.

Jason's Cashmere Hat

I can hardly believe that it has been almost five years since I first designed Jason's Tweed Hat, and that there are over 1000 versions of it out there! The basic double brimmed hat has served him well over the years, but I thought it was about time for something new. During his last visit home from work in Northern Alberta I designed him a new cabled cashmere hat to keep him warm and toasty this winter. It's important to me that he has a say in the things I knit him, and so as we caught up on our month apart we also talked about what makes a good hat. In the end we decided on a folded brim, firm ribbing, a simple cable / rib combo for looks and cashmere just because. I finished the hat minutes before he had to leave and just barely got a couple shots of him wearing it.

Jason's Cashmere Hat

Jason's Cashmere Hat features a simple cable design for extra warmth, firm ribbing to help keep its shape, and a thick, folded brim that can be adjusted to cover the ears on extra chilly days. Made with two skeins of Sweet Fiber Cashmere Aran, this hat is pure luxury and can easily be completed in a weekend. I hope you and your loved ones enjoy wearing this hat as much as Jason and I do! (I hate that I have to say this, but this pattern and these pictures are for personal use only.)


Yarn: 2 skeins of Sweet Fiber Yarns Cashmere Aran (91m / 100y per 50g skein). Hats pictured are knit in Bruin and Smoke.

Sizing: To fit an adult head 22-24 inches in circumference.

Measurements: 8 inches wide, 11 inches long (unfolded brim) or 8.5 inches long (folded brim)


4mm / 6US 16” circular needle

5mm / 8US 16” circular needle

5mm / 8US dpns for decreases


Ribbing: 20 stitches per 4 inches in rib pattern (unstretched), using smaller needles

Body: 12 stitches and 7 rows = 2 inches by 1 inch in the cable pattern, using larger needles

Stitch Guide:

3/3 LC: Slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hold in front, K3, K3 from cable needle.

2/2 LC: Slip 2 stitches to cable needle, hold in front, K2, K2 from cable needle.

K: Knit

P: Purl

SSK: Slip 2 stitches separately, knit together through back loop

K2tog: Knit 2 stitches together

P2tog: Purl 2 stitches together




With smaller circular needles cast on 96 stitches. Place marker and join in round. Work ribbing until piece measures 4” from cast on edge.

Ribbing: (K2, P2) repeat to end of round.



Switch to larger needles and begin body. Repeat brackets to end of round.

Rnds 1-3: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 4: (3/3 LC, P2, K2, P2)

Rnds 5-10: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Work rounds 1-10 once. Repeat rounds 4-10 only four times more.


Crown Decreases

Change to DPNS when there are too few stitches to continue in the round on a circular needle.

Rnd 1:(3/3 LC, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 2: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 3: (K6, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 4: (SSK, K2, K2tog, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 5: (2/2 LC, P2, K2, P2)

Rnd 6: (K4, P2tog, K2, P2tog)

Rnd 7: (SSK, K2tog, P1, K2, P1)

Rnd 8: (K2tog, P1, K2tog, P1)

Rnd 9: Remove marker, K1, place marker, K2tog to end of round. 

Break yarn. Using a darning needle, thread yarn through the remaining stitches, pull tight and secure on wrong side. Weave in ends and block. Clip ends once dry.

Sweet Fiber Accessories E-book Launch!


Set along the banks of the Fraser River in historic Fort Langley, this collection captures the spirit of the West Coast in seven cool weather knits. Twisting cables, deep ribs, traveling lace and textured stitches bring your favourite worsted weight hand dyes to life as cozy cowls, warm toques and an asymmetrical lace shawl. 

All of the patterns include both written and charted instruction. The entire e-book is available for purchase on Ravelry, as well as individual pattern downloads for those of you who just want a few. Be sure to join us in our Ravelry Group to discuss which patterns you plan to make and to share pictures of your FOs when you're done!


The entire collection has been designed with our two favourite worsted weight yarns! Our Merino Twist Worsted consists of 100% superwash merino and our Cashmerino Worsted is created with an extra special blend of superwash merino, cashmere and nylon. Both have 180 meters / 200 yards per 115 gram skein and are entirely interchangeable with one another. We've updated our online shop to coincide with the release of the new e-book. If you don't see your favourite colourway available, don't worry - we're already busy dyeing more! Be sure to join our mailing list to stay informed when new stock is added to the shop.


Click the pictures below for more information about each pattern.


















STYLING | Melissa Thomson & Rachel Wiens

MODEL | Rachel Wiens

LOCATION | Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Copyright © 2014 Melissa Thomson 

Stitches West 2013 - 3 Exclusive Patterns

Next week we will be debuting three new designs by three Canadian designers at our Stitches West booth (#1041 & 1041). Each design will be a pre-release available for purchase exclusively at our booth (while supplies last). The patterns won't be available elsewhere until April 1st 2013.


Caramel Slouch by Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits


"Just like pumpkin pie means a sweet treat and a gathering of family, this slouchy confection combines two of my favorite things: cables and lace! Once the brim is complete it is smooth sailing, just some simple stockinette to keep you cozy."


Sizing: Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult S/M, Adult L)

Yarn: 1 skein of Cashmerino Worsted - shown in Spiced Pumpkin

Needles: US #7 / 4.5 mm (any type) and US #9 / 5.5 mm 16 inch circular and double pointed needles (or size required to meet gauge)

Gauge: 18 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch using larger needles

At the show we'll also have copies of Tin Can Knit's first published book - 9 Months of Knitting available for purchase.

For more information about Tin Can Knits' designs and books check them out on Ravelry or visit their website here.



Wellington by Jane Richmond


"This textural hat features a simple repeating pattern reminiscent of raindrops. Using a unique combination of stitches to mimic the look of a cabled honey comb stitch without the need of a cable needle, this stitch pattern only looks difficult. Inspired by the rainy weather indicative of west coast winters, this hat satisfies both form and function."


Sizing: Adult S/M (Adult M/L)

Yarn: 1 skein of Merino Twist Worsted - shown in Worn Denim

Needles: US #6 / 4 mm  16 inch circular and double pointed needles (or size required to meet gauge)

Gauge: 19 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch

At the show we'll also have copies of Jane Richmond's first published book - ISLAND available for purchase.

For more information about Jane Richmond's designs and book you can find her on Ravelry or visit her website here.



Thurlow by Melissa Thomson


Sizing: One size, to fit 20-23 in / 51-58 cm circumference

Yarn: 1 skein of Cashmerino Worsted - shown in Spanish Coin

Needles: US #6 / 4 mm  16 inch circular, US #7 / 4.5mm 16 inch circular and double pointed needles (or size required to meet gauge)

Gauge: 20 sts / 4” in stockinette stitch

For more information about Melissa Thomson's designs you can find her on Ravelry or visit her blog here.

Pattern Release: Courtyard

($6.00 us)

Sweet Fiber Designs has just released Courtyard, a new hat pattern inspired by the classic courtyard motifs of traveling vines, iron gates and old stone walkways.

Perfect for combining your favourite colours in worsted weight yarn.

Yardage requirements:

For size 21-22: Main Colour: 90m/98y Contrasting Colour: 80m/88y

For size: 23-24: Main Colour: 100m/109y Contrasting Colour: 90m/98y

Other Materials: cable needle, 1 stitch marker


Yellow & White Version uses one skein of Malabrigo in Cadmium and one skein of Sweet Fiber Yarns Sweet Merino in natural.

Green & Grey version uses Sweet Fiber Yarns Cashmerino Worsted in the Olivine and Smoke colourways.

Simply Soft Cowl


Yarn - 2 skeins of (limited edition) Sweet Fiber’s Mulberry Merino (82m/90y per 50g skein) or any worsted or aran weight yarn. Gauge - 18sts/4 inches over stockinette stitch, blocked. Needles - 5 mm / 8 US 24” circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge

To make up:

Cast on 90 stitches. Join in round, marking the beginning of the round with a stitch marker.

Knit every round until piece measures 9 inches from cast on edge.

Purl one round.

*Knit 5, Purl 5* - repeat to end of round.

Repeat this last row until piece measures 14 inches from cast on edge.

Cast off in pattern (knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches). Sew in ends. Enjoy!

This pattern and the items made from it are intended for private use only and may not be distributed for commercial purposes without the written consent of the designer.